Error "The Field... has an invalid filter" on a User Filter Set

Published: 25 May 2018
Last Modified Date: 14 Oct 2019


After replacing a data source, then a user filter set may become invalid with a red ! mark and the error "The Field... has an invalid filter" occurs.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • User Filters


Option 1:

If there is an old version of the workbook with a valid user filter, follow these steps:
  1. In the new workbook, change the name of the field that the user filter was built on back to its original name
  2. Copy the functioning user filter in the old workbook
  3. Paste the function user filter into the new workbook
  4. Change the name of the field back to the desired name

Option 2:

Rebuild the user filter set


The field used to create the user filter has been given a new name, causing an invalid reference in the user filter set.
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